DPI Vendors Make Their Move Into SDN/NFV, Heavy Reading Finds

DPI vendors are looking to SDN and NFV to boost network performance, says Heavy Reading Components Insider

Dec 19, 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Providers of DPI (deep packet inspection) technologies are shifting their focus to emerging software-defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) in an effort to boost network performance, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Components Insider (www.heavyreading.com/commchip), a paid research service of Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com).

DPI Vendors Deliver on Policy Management & Analytics details and analyzes leading deep packet inspection (DPI), policy management and analytics system vendors, DPI and multicore processor vendors, and DPI and policy management software vendors. The report profiles 20 vendors in this important market, including a review of component architectures, identifying the key features and highlighting the advantages they hold for equipment manufacturers.

For a complete list of companies covered in this report, click here.

"Wireless and fixed line carriers are making significant investments in policy management and analytics," says Simon Stanley, research analyst for Heavy Reading Components Insider and author of the report. "Policy management solutions enable carriers to efficiently manage their networks, making maximum use of their network infrastructure and deliver services that match the expectations of their subscribers."

As data traffic on both wireless and fixed networks has grown, carriers have been forced to invest in DPI solutions for policy management and other functions, Stanley says. "Service provider DPI product revenue totaled $596 million worldwide in 2012, up 28 percent," he adds. "The vendors that will be most successful going forward are those that can deliver DPI, policy management and analytics solutions that achieve 100Gbit/s performance in virtualized environments, including software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV)."

Key findings of DPI Vendors Deliver on Policy Management & Analytics include the following:

  • SDN/NFV are driving a shift to virtualized platforms running on standard servers or dedicated hardware
  • Strong ecosystem for DPI, policy management and analytics, including systems, software and processors
  • Long Term Evolution (LTE) remains a leading driver for growth in policy management and analytics
  • Consolidation in the market with Cisco, Intel and Procera acquiring key software suppliers
  • Intel x86 dominates the market, with vendors using bladed servers, ATCA platforms and virtualized architectures
  • ARMv8 based multicore processors entering market for DPI and microservers
  • Multicore processors with integrated hardware engines to support pattern matching for DPI applications

DPI Vendors Deliver on Policy Management & Analytics is available as part of an annual single-user subscription (6 issues per year) to Heavy Reading Components Insider, priced at $1,595. Individual reports are available for $900 (single-user license).

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